I don't know Anthony Bourdain. But I'd like to. So I follow his amazing adventures on CNN 'Parts Unknown' and on Twitter. In this day and age, we have the ability to "know" our favorite brainy deity.
I like smart people. Really, really smart people.
Like Bourdain. Maybe a little brain matter and personality will rub off or perhaps I'll be able to make small talk when I run into his best friend Eric Ripert.... OK, I'm daydreaming now but then that's a large part of why we're interested in travel, in good food and spirits, and in life.
What does this have to do with a Paris blog?
Free travel advice: When you're in Paris, look at people's faces. That may be a bit challenging as you're traversing the planet's most gorgeous city --- but it's time well spent. Not only will you likely see recognizable faces (in one lucky 2-day period, I enjoyed three celeb sightings -- amazing chef/writer Patricia Wells, french actor Daniel Auteuil, and the whole gang from Pink Martini).
Not only that, but when you look, you often CONNECT with people. They may be interested in you, too. It may not be a celebrity. It might be a bartender or a philosophy student or your next one-true-love --- who knows, smart people love Paris. And they may be looking for a smart cookie like you.
He had me at 'Bonjour'